Dotted Line


Western Antenna Newsletter
Dotted Line
  • July 21, 2014
    Odorous House Ants Causing A Stink in PA

    What’s in a name? Apparently a lot especially when it comes to Odorous House Ants. These pests give off a strong, coconut-like scent when they are crushed, and are incredibly difficult to get rid of once they have started a colony, and in areas like West Chester and eastern Pennsylvania, homeowners are seeing a ton of them.

    We recently met up with Curtis Pratt, Western’s Residential Termite Supervisor of the Newtown Square branch, who said he’s been getting a lot of calls from homeowners who are seeing these pests in their kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and throughout the exterior of their home.

    These pests’ colonies can range from 100-10,000” in size, and the longer you wait to take action, the larger the population will get, making it a matter of weeks before the area can be cleared.

    Odorous house ants can creep into exposed soil and cracks in walls, hide underneath sinks, and gather throughout your kitchen wherever they can find leftover crumbs, sweets, or spilled drinks.  They can even make nests in piles of leaves in your gutters, creating a path for them to run across your roof and get inside.

    Mayfield warns against using hardware store DIY treatments, though, because products like Raid and other sprays can splinter colonies and spread them out, making the problem exponentially worse.

    If you have an odorous house ant issue, contact a professional who can treat for these pests inside and out – along the perimeter of your home, and prevent them from getting inside in the first place.

    Leave a Comment


  • July 14, 2014
    Stinging and Biting Pest Activity Spikes During Summer

    As temperatures rise during summer, so does the threat of stinging and biting insects. In addition to potentially painful bites and stings, these pests can cause serious health implications. In our most recent press release, we share tips to help keep yellow jackets, mosquitoes, and ticks away from you, your family, and your pets this summer. Click here to learn more.



    Leave a Comment


  • July 14, 2014
    Crickets Dwelling in PA Homes

    We recently caught up with Western’s Newtown Square and Lancaster County  Branch Manager, Tom Mayfield, to find out what pests he’s been encountering in homes this season, and one pest in particular has been emerging in spots all over the tri-state area.

    Mayfield said, “Following the long winter, we’ve definitely been seeing an increase in cave crickets throughout homes in our coverage area. They’re a damp-dwelling insect, and are hard to miss due to their creepy looks and long legs. Because of their proclivity for moist, darker areas, you’re most likely to find them scattered around crawlspaces and the basement.”

    Despite how big they are, cave crickets can find tiny spaces to squeeze through. Mayfield recommends keeping areas dry and free of moisture and reducing humidity with a dehumidifier. Allowing air to flow can help keep moisture, as well as pests, out.


    Here are some more quick tips to prevent cave-crickets from entering your home:

    • Keep dark areas of the basement clean and clutter-free.
    • Remove damp firewood, leaves, excess vegetation, and deadfall from perimeter.
    • Caulk cracks, gaps and holes where crickets may enter
    • Move wood, stone, and brick piles away from the house
    • Make sure basement windows are well-fitted to help keep these and other insects outside.


    If you suspect that your cave cricket control is getting out-of-hand, be sure to contact a pest professional to deal with the cricket infestations in safe and efficient way.

    Leave a Comment


  • July 7, 2014
    Older Neighborhoods Draw In Pests

    While older homes have their charms, they also have their downfalls. Unfortunately, the older your home, the more susceptible it may be to certain structural issues. In addition, structural deficiencies will provide easy animal access into your home.

    “You may see start to see more issues in older-style homes when it comes to pests with the warm weather. In older neighborhoods like Wynnewood, Narberth, and Drexel Hill, some homes are almost 200-years old and their architecture can allow any number of pests to wreak havoc,” explains Curtis Pratt, Western’s Residential Termite Supervisor of Western’s Newtown Square branch.

    If you reside in an older home, there are things you need to do to keep it sound. Make sure to look for:

    • Leaks: The older your home is, the higher the likelihood for leaky pipes. Just like humans, pests need a water source, and leaky pipes provide the perfect source of water for pests like termites, carpenter ants, and small rodents.
    • Holes: Small rodents and squirrels chew with a purpose once they get going, so any holes throughout your home could be a telltale sign you have an issue.
    • Gaps: Check oftenpests like ants & rodents can make their way into your home via very small gaps. Homes with older stone that is not well maintained tend to be susceptible to structural damage, and certain pests, like field mice, can fit through gaps the size of a dime or smaller.
    • Damaged Wood: Old wood used in creating your home’s structure isn’t as strong as it used to be. Make sure that wood beams in your home and garage areas are dry. Wood-destroyers, like termites and carpenter ants, love moisture and would love to feast, on wood structures.

    Pratt also recommends removing old tree stumps from your property – their underground roots can lead right your home’s foundation – giving wood-destroyers easy-access.

    “Gaps in siding also create a preferred pathway for any number of pests to get inside your home. After the long winter we’ve had, it’s important to make sure that the exterior of your home is regularly maintained to keep pests out,” he said.

    If you’ve noticed structural damage to the outside of your home, reach out to a pest professional who can diagnose potential pest issues, and work with you to make sure they’re solved.

    Leave a Comment